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LATDP Elite Accepted to Girls Academy for 2022/23 Season

(3/31/22) -Louisiana Talent Development Program Elite (LATDP Elite) will join the Girls Academy (GA) for the upcoming 2022/23 season. Similar to the LATDP Elite boys program, the LATDP Elite Girls program will bring together elite talent from around the region to form teams in the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U19 age groups.

The Girls Academy is the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States. League play begins in August and culminates with the playoffs and national finals events in June and July. Additionally, qualifying teams compete in a separate, aspirational platform created to add additional quality competition for the most competitive clubs in the GA.

“We’re excited to add LATDP Elite to the Girls Academy,” said GA Commissioner Lesle Gallimore. “There is a player pool in Louisiana that has earned the opportunity to begin a top national platform and we know their leadership understands the commitment, challenge, and standards required for the successful development of players.”

LA TDP Elite is a collaboration and partnership among LA Fire, Baton Rouge Soccer Club, and Lafayette Dynamo Juniors in affiliation with the Houston Dynamo Academy. The purpose of LATDP Elite is to provide players from the member clubs and players in the region access exposure to the highest level of play in North America. Each team will train under the direction of high-level coaches to compete against the best teams and players in the country.

In the 2021/22 season, club teams and players from BRSC, LA Fire, Lafayette Dynamo, and players statewide competed in the Development Player League (DPL) in an effort to prove Louisiana’s ability to compete at higher levels of play. In the DPL’s February club rankings, LATDP Elite ranked third in the nation due to the success of all teams in league play and the #DPLFL22 Showcase.

Kiran Booluck will serve as LATDP Elite Girls Academy Director. Booluck has an extensive list of certifications which include: USSF A License, UEFA B License, USC Director of Coaching Diploma, USYS National Youth, USC National Diploma, USC Level 1 and 2 Goalkeeping, USYS Youth Module U6-U8, USYS Youth Module U10-U12, English FA Level 1 and 2, English FA Level 1 and 2 Goalkeeping.

“Kiran brings a vast knowledge of programming and directorship to the LATDP Elite GA program,” said BRSC Executive Director Louie Smothermon. “Coach Kiran has served as the Senior teams’ competitive Director, Outreach Director, and College Recruitment Director for the Baton Rouge Soccer Club (BRSC). Kiran has coached multiple BRSC  teams, ODP teams, high school teams, and currently the MLS NEXT 2006 boys and BRSC 2008 girls. We are looking forward to Kiran’s leadership in bringing together the talented female players in our area, state, and region.”

Joining Booluck’s staff as Assistant GA Director is Bobby Velasquez. Valesquez currently serves as the Director of Coaching for Girls and a staff coach for the Louisiana Fire Soccer Club. He also leads the club as Academy Technical Director.  In addition, Velasquez also serves as Director of Soccer at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.

His club teams have won numerous local, state, and regional championships. Velasquez has earned licenses with the Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA), as well as with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).

“Bobby brings a wealth of soccer expertise,” said Hubie Collins, Executive Director of Coaching for the Louisiana Fire Soccer Club. “Coach Bobby is especially skilled at developing his athletes into good students of the game through targeted, age-appropriate practice sessions.”

Additional details about the Girls Academy program, staff, and tryouts will be available on latdpelite.com

MLS NEXT Open Tryouts – Registration Open

Registration is currently open for all 2010 through 2004 boys for the 2022/23 MLS NEXT season. Participation in tryouts is open to all regardless of club affiliation. LATDP Elite’s tryouts provide players with the opportunity to be assessed at an initial tryout. The initial tryout acts as the first step in the identification process for LA TDP ELITE, where players will be assessed by LA TDP Elite Coaches and Support Staff.

All initial tryouts will take place at Burbank Soccer Complex. The April 3rd tryouts will take place on fields 5, 6, and 11 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Tryouts on April 24 for the 06 and 04/05 will be held on 5 and 6. Check-in for both tryouts will take place at the pavilion near field 6 (close to the Siegen entrance).

Please Note: the 2010 Boys age group will follow the traditional, 2-day tryout process with the potential of additional programming in Summer 2022. All other age groups will participate in one initial tryout, whereby invitations to attend multiple LA TDP Elite (MLS Next) training sessions will be sent 5-day after the initial tryout if successful. Players who are invited to, and attend multiple training sessions with the LA TDP Elite (MLS Next) teams will be evaluated further in the team environment and may/may not be invited to join the program.

The cost of the tryout is $100 (non-refundable), for any players who are successful in the identification process $50 of this fee will be offset as part of the program fee. ALL players must register for tryouts, any players unable to attend the tryout are not entitled to a team training session. It is recommended to make every effort to attend the tryout. Exceptions are at the discretion of the LA TDP Elite Staff.

More information and FAQs regarding the LA TDP Elite (MLS Next) tryouts, can be found here.

Age Group Date Time
2010 Boys Sunday, March 27th, 2022
Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
5pm – 6:30pm
2009 Boys Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 5pm – 6:30pm
2008 Boys Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 5pm – 6:30pm
2007 Boys Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 5pm – 6:30pm
2006 Boys Sunday, April 24th, 2022 5pm – 6:30pm
2005/2004 Boys (Combined) Sunday, April 24th, 2022 5pm – 6:30pm

LATDP Elite Winter Training Program (U10 – U13)

Learn the technical skills necessary to reach the next level!

The LATDP Elite Training Program includes four training sessions. This training program is open to all competitive and recreational players born from 2012 to 2009.

TDP is an affiliate program of the Houston Dynamo of the MLS and Houston Dash of the NWSL. Players identified from camp will participate in a Dynamo/Dash experience whereby players will train at the Dynamo/Dash facility with their current youth staff.

The dates and times for the TDP Training Camp are as follows:
Sunday, December 12th, 10 am-12 pm and 2 pm-4 pm (two sessions)
Monday, December 13th, 6 pm-7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 15th, 6 pm-7:30 pm (moved from Tuesday)

Dynamo/Dash experience dates:
Boys – January 15 & 16
Girls – January 29 & 30

Age Groups, boys and girls:
2012’s (U10)
2011’s (U11)
2010’s (U12)
2009’s (U13 – this age group  is strictly for training only; these players will be unable to attend the Dynamo/Dash experience in Houston)

Training sessions will take place on fields 21 and 22 at Our Lady of the Lake Fields at Burbank Soccer Complex.

At the end of the mini-camp, the coaches will convene to select the teams to attend the Dynamo/Dash Experiences. The teams will either be single or double age groups, depending on the talent. LATDP Elite/MLS Next staff will be in attendance to scout.

The cost is $125 for the mini-camp. This cost includes a shirt.

If you have any questions, please contact Kiran Booluck at kbooluck@brsoccer.org or Patrick Bueno at pbueno@brsoccer.org.

Register: LATDP Elite Training Program

*On-site registration is available the morning of Sunday, December 12 before the first training session by the back pavilion near fields 21 and 22 at Burbank.

LATDP Elite Girls U13 – U19 Tryouts

Join one of the most exciting new programs in Louisiana soccer history. LATDP Elite Girls is a new program designed to assemble the best talent in the region to play and train together under the direction of high-level coaches. The LATDP Elite girls (U13 – U19) will participate in the Mid-South Conference of the Development Player League (DPL). The DPL is a National League and platform to the GA or ECNL. Players may stay on their current Club teams.

LATDP Elite will work with coaches from the top-level Club teams from Baton Rouge Soccer Club (BRSC), Louisiana Fire Soccer Club, and Lafayette Dynamo to avoid conflicts with the DPL schedule so players will not miss club-team games.

The LATDP Elite tryouts for U13 – U19 girls will take place on Saturday, June 12 (moved from June 14) from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday, June 26 from 10:00 am – noon at Our Lady of the Lake Fields at Burbank Soccer Park.

REGISTER

Team invitations will be emailed seven to ten days following the final tryout date.

Consult the LATDP Elite FAQ for more details.

LATDP Elite U 14 -U19 Boys’ Tryouts POSTPONED

**UPDATE: The final U14 – U19 boys’ tryout will be postponed to Friday, June 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Our Lady of the Lake Soccer Fields at Burbank Soccer Park.

The cost to try out for LATDP Elite is $50. Online registration is currently open here.

Coaches from Baton Rouge SC, Lafayette Dynamo, LA Fire SC, and the Houston Dynamo Academy will be in attendance to evaluate players for the new LATDP Elite Program. Each team will select 15 – 18 players as well as 6 – 8 part-time players for each age group.

Team invitations will be emailed seven to ten days following the final tryout date.

Consult the LATDP Elite FAQ for more details.